The CASS Foundation Travel Awards for Early Career Researchers!

The CASS Foundation Travel Awards for Early Career Researchers!

Deadline: August 25, 2017

The Contributing to Australian Scholarship and Science (CASS) Foundation invites applications for the 2nd round of its Travel Awards for Early Career Researchers in Australia. The purpose of the Travel Awards is to enable Early Career Researchers (ECR) to attend an international conference of significance to their research. At this conference applicants are expected to be presenting their current research as an invited presenter, as an oral presentation or a poster presentation. The research material to be presented at the conference should be current and not based primarily on the Applicant’s PhD studies.

For this round of Travel Awards, the conference commencement date, published on the official conference website must fall within the specified time frame of 1 November 2017 to 31 May 2018. An applicant will be awarded only one (1) CASS Travel Award within any two-year period.


The maximum amount of a Travel Award is $4,500.00.  Applicants will be required to provide details of the total conference costs and the amount they are seeking over and above contributions from themselves, their institutions, or from other sources.  CASS will not pay more than 80% of the total cost or $4,500.00, whichever is the lesser.  Applicants will be required to contribute at least twenty per cent (20%) towards the total cost of the conference.


  • Applicants must be either Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.  A visa issued for the purpose of full-time study or temporary employment in Australia (eg Visa 457) does not constitute permanent resident status for the purpose of a Travel Award application.
  • Open to Early Career Researchers (ECR): An ECR is considered to be a researcher whose PhD conferral (the date of the PhD award certificate) falls within a five-year window between 25 August 2010 and 25 August 2015. That is, in the period not less than two years or more than seven years before the closing date of this current round of Travel Awards.  An earlier date may be considered if absence from research due to career disruption can be demonstrated. ‘Career disruption’ involves a prolonged interruption to an applicant’s capacity to work due to pregnancy, major illness or injury or carer responsibilities.
  • ECRs who do not hold a PhD award but who can demonstrate an equivalent research intensive qualification may be eligible to apply. This is a qualification equivalent to the Level 10 criteria of the Australian Qualifications Framework Second Edition January 2013 where research is the defining characteristic of the Doctoral Degree qualification.
  • A previous recipient is not eligible to reapply if they have received a CASS Travel Award for a conference commencing after 1 November 2015.

The Travel Award is not available for travel to attend conferences being held in Australia or to support overseas fieldwork, independent research or courses of study.

Selection Criteria

In considering applications, the selection committee will have regard to:

  • the status of the conference;
  • the Letter of Endorsement;
  • the nature and extent of the Applicant’s participation in the conference proceedings; and
  • any other proposed activities.

How to Apply

Applicants must use the online Application Form.


Applicants are required to obtain a Letter of Endorsement (on letterhead) from the person to whom they report in their organisation (ie Head of Department, Group Supervisor, etc). The Letter of Endorsement is an important document which is taken into account in the selection process.

The writer of the Letter of Endorsement is asked to confirm that:

  1. The proposed conference presentation will introduce new research that is not based primarily on the Applicant’s PhD studies; and to provide a considered response to the following topics:
  2. The significance and relevance of the conference forum to the Applicant’s current research work;
  3. The validity of the Applicant’s reasons for participating in the conference and their need for financial support; and
  4. The aptitude, capability and potential of the Applicant to benefit from the opportunity of a Travel Award to attend this conference.

For more information, visit CASS Foundation Travel Grant.